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Shedding Light on Brella Fields Produce

November 20, 2015

Fruit and vegetable growers face an ongoing battle with Mother Nature. Pest and disease pressure, climatic conditions and storm damage can make life difficult, especially for outdoor growers. This was clearly demonstrated at the opening event of the multimillion dollar Cravo retractable roof greenhouse facility near Bundaberg. The night before the event a storm front passed through the area with winds up to 100 km/hr bringing heavy rainfall and hail. Damage to outdoor crops was apparent, with some roads covered in debris from the storm. On the day of the opening a search had to be undertaken for a marquee, which had blown away in the storm, plus a bus was bogged in the muddy parking area and needed to be towed out with a tractor.

Full story by MAX HORVATH in the next issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine.


The coming storm cell over the new Young & Sang retractable roof greenhouse the night before the official opening.

Storm damage to field tomatoes and tents and the fast recovery at Young Sang & Co farm operation.

Posted 20 November 2015

Vegetable growers lack confidence in the industry’s future

November 18, 2015

Results from the Grower Confidence Survey, conducted by national peak industry body AUSVEG, show that grower confidence in the vegetable industry has declined by 3.5% during the July to September 2015 quarter when compared to the previous quarter. The survey involves a selection of 10 questions relating to how confident growers feel about key economic indicators, including macroeconomic confidence, investment confidence, market confidence and confidence in government policy. Read More »

International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2015

November 11, 2015

International Statistics Flowers and Plants 2015 is now available. The latest volume contains the current available data on the global production and trade of ornamental flowers and plants. New for this year are: two additional plant types in the Products chapter – Flowering plants (indoor) and Green plants (indoor), Vietnam has been added to the Area and Production chapter, and trade data for Australia and Vietnam is also included in the External trade chapter. Read More »

Wageningen UR researches food production for astronauts

November 4, 2015
First three ripe tomatoes harvested on mars soil simulant.

Travelling in space and to the moon and Mars; it may be science fiction for some, but for plant physiologist Tom Dueck, professor Leo Marcelis and Sander van Delden from Horticulture and Plant Physiology, and ecologist Wieger Wamelink, all from Wageningen UR, it is actual science. They are working in various projects focused on growing plants in other places than on earth. Read More »

Steak made from vegetable proteins?

November 4, 2015

A meat replacer, based on legumes, which is not inferior to steak. That is the promising future and interim result of extensive research about sustainable meat replacers, purely based on vegetable ingredients. Professor Atze Jan van der Goot, from Wageningen University, presented his findings on Sunday 1 November 2015.  Read More »

A Plan for the Future

November 1, 2015
Steven Carruthers
Managing Editor

The development of Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology has revolutionised the horticulture industry, particularly in high latitudes where sunshine hours are short, and less intense, and where commercial greenhouse growers are in a relentless drive to reduce energy costs and improve crop quality and productivity. Since its development for horticulture applications, the benefits of LED technology have been weighed in terms of energy efficiency and utility costs. Until recent times, little was known about the effect of light on plants, or what combination of LED light spectra to use to optimise crop quality and yields. Read More »

What are the most important greenhouse properties?

October 31, 2015
Rick Donnan

I am considering upgrading to a more advanced greenhouse, either glass or plastic. I intend looking at buying and moving into an existing facility. I can’t afford the time or cost to build a new set-up. What do you believe are the most important aspects of the greenhouse properties to consider, apart from glass versus plastic? 

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »